Mimi Fung De Lemos

Violin Teacher

Mimi Fung De Lemos

SAA Member


Greenwood Village, CO

Mimi is one of the most accredited Suzuki violin teachers in Colorado. Born in Chongqing, China, she performed as a first violinist in the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and has been teaching private Suzuki lessons for over 30 years.

Some of Mimi’s accomplishments & experience include:
- Juilliard School of Music, student of world-famous pedagogues Dorothy Delay and Ivan Galamian.
- Masters degree in violin performance.
- Indiana University, teaching fellowship with Josef Gingold.
- Performed with the American Symphony Orchestra under Stokowski in Carnegie Hall.
- First violinist in the Colorado Symphony Orchestra for over 30 years.

Mimi’s teaching credentials and specialty areas include:
- Certification in all 10 Suzuki teaching books.
- Coaching orchestral repertoire and preparing advanced students for auditions.
- Starting young violinists and specializing in developing an individually designed curriculum appropriate to each student’s unique talents, needs, and goals.
- Experience teaching private violin lessons in the Denver area for over 30 years.
- Building lasting relationships with over 100 students.
- Teacher of Master classes in both China and Germany.
- Fluent in English, Mandarin Chinese, and German.

Mimi’s students’ achievements include:
- Admittance to Juilliard School of Music & Curtis Institute of Music
- Members via audition to the
—Denver Young Artists Orchestra (DYAO)
—Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestra (CYSO)
—Colorado All State Orchestra
—University of Northern Colorado Weekend for Strings

Mimi’s teaching philosophy is tailored to each student. Important goals include:
- Implementing an individualized approach for each student, appropriate to unique talents, needs, musical aptitude, and goals.
- Teaching methodologies are meticulously detailed and evolve to meet students’ requirements.
- Developing and maintaining confidence and a positive self-image at all times, while striving towards newer, higher goals.
- Regular review to ensure maximum progress, enjoyment of the instrument, as well as an understanding, love, and appreciation of music.
- Creating a positive, rewarding, and enjoyable experience.

Mimi is certified in all 10 books of the Suzuki method. For younger violin students, Mimi incorporates many of the Suzuki principles, including:
- Loving encouragement.
- Parent involvement, working together to create an enjoyable, meaningful, and productive learning environment.
- Progress through listening and repetition.
- Graded appropriate choice of repertoire.
- Emphasis on teaching sight-reading skills.

Mimi accompanies her students on the piano and teaches in her southeast Denver Studio in the Denver Tech Center (DTC), near I-25 and Belleview (exit 199).

Mimi’s husband, Jurgen de Lemos, is also a renowned leader in the Colorado music community, serving as former Principal Cellist of the Colorado Symphony; Professor of Cello and Chamber Music at the University of Colorado; conductor at the Arvada Center Orchestra, Denver Young Artists Orchestra, & Boulder Youth Symphony; and current Music Director & Conductor at the Littleton Symphony Orchestra.